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Strathern Asks for County Representation on PEDC

Strathern Asks for County Representation on PEDC

Bill Strathern Lamar County resident, Bill Strathern, went to the Lamar County Commissioners Court on Monday, asking that county representatives be put on the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) board. Currently, in order to serve on the PEDC board, you must be a Paris resident...

09/24/2014 by eParisExtra
Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority to Meet on Thursday

Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority to Meet on Thursday

The Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority (SuRRMA) Board of Directors will be meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6pm in Cooper. SuRRMA serves the counties of Delta, Hunt and Lamar. A representative from TxDOT is scheduled to make a presentation on the status of the Hwy 24 widening...

09/24/2014 by eParisExtra
City Council Sends PEDC Investigatory Report to Attorney General

City Council Sends PEDC Investigatory Report to Attorney General

Matt Frierson, Mayor Mayor Matt Frierson called Monday night’s City Council meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber located at 107 E. Kaufman Street in downtown Paris. After the invocation and the pledge of allegiance, a citizen’s forum was opened to the public.  Mr. Bob...

09/23/2014 by eParisExtra
Budget, PEDC and the City Attorney on Agenda for City Council Meeting tonight

Budget, PEDC and the City Attorney on Agenda for City Council Meeting tonight

The Paris City Council will be voting on adopting the $44 million city budget for the fiscal period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 at tonight’s city council meeting.  In addition to a vote on the budget, council members will be voting on the tax revenue increase and a tax...

09/22/2014 by eParisExtra
Texas Transportation Commission Approves Improvements at Cox Field

Texas Transportation Commission Approves Improvements at Cox Field

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $100,000 for improvements at Cox Field, including for hanger and pavement improvements. The city will only be responsible for 10% of the estimated $1.2 million project. Back in July of this year, the Paris City Council passed a resolution that...

09/19/2014 by eParisExtra
The New Lamar County Veterans Services Officer

The New Lamar County Veterans Services Officer

On Monday the 8th of September, Laura Bivens was notified that she was selected by the Lamar County Commissioners Court as the new Lamar County Veterans Service Officer (VSO). She will be replacing the Interim VSO, C.H. “Chet” Hilyer.  Yesterday, she was formally appointed by County Judge...

09/17/2014 by eParisExtra
Ricky Hayes Criticizes Defenbaugh Report

Ricky Hayes Criticizes Defenbaugh Report

Last night at the joint meeting of the Paris City Council and the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), Ricky Hayes, owner of Retail Attractions, gave a written statement to  the members concerning the audit and investigation done by Defenbaugh and Associates. Retail Attractions is...

09/16/2014 by eParisExtra
Lamar County Crime Stoppers Receives National Awards

Lamar County Crime Stoppers Receives National Awards

Lamar County Crime Stoppers received two national awards from Crime Stoppers USA in Austin Texas recently. Lamar County Crime Stoppers and The Paris News was selected as winner of the media award for best crime of the week in communities up to 250,000 in population. Our crime of the week was...

09/15/2014 by eParisExtra
Paris City Council to Hold Special Session on Thursday

Paris City Council to Hold Special Session on Thursday

Paris City Council The Paris City Council will meet in special session on Thursday, September 18th at 5:15pm. The Council will hold a second public hearing on the City’s proposal to increase tax revenues from the preceding tax year and to set the tax rate for 2014. Also on the agenda is...

09/14/2014 by eParisExtra
Danny Defenbaugh Will Not Attend Joint Meeting

Danny Defenbaugh Will Not Attend Joint Meeting

A joint meeting between the Paris City Council and the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) is scheduled for Monday, September 15th at 5pm in the Council Chambers. The purpose of this joint meeting is to hear information included in the final report of the forensic audit of the...

09/11/2014 by eParisExtra
New Veteran Services Officer Selected

New Veteran Services Officer Selected

Lamar County Courthouse According to Interim Veterans  Services Officer, Chet Hilyer, the Lamar County Commissioners have selected a new Veterans Services Officer, Laura Bivens. Ms. Bivens is currently the Assistant Veterans Services Officer. Ms. Bivens will be replacing Rhonda Rogers, who was...

09/10/2014 by eParisExtra
State and Federal Election Guide

State and Federal Election Guide

The entire list of candidates for the Federal and State races are in and are the most current listed by the Lamar County Elections Administrator and the Texas Secretary of State. This list is with the addition of two Write-In candidates as the deadline was August 22nd to be added to the...

09/09/2014 by eParisExtra
Meeting to Discuss Future of Clarksville Hospital Tomorrow

Meeting to Discuss Future of Clarksville Hospital Tomorrow

Clarksville Hospital Earlier this year, the Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center announced that they will not be renewing their lease at the Clarksville location.  ETMC has been in Clarksville for the past 18 years. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, September 10th, the Red River County Hospital...

09/08/2014 by eParisExtra
County Treasurer’s Opponent Melanie Clifford tries on the Red Hat

County Treasurer’s Opponent Melanie Clifford tries on the Red Hat

Melanie Clifford With an uncontested Republican Primary Election, Melanie Clifford is running for election in the County Treasurer’s Race. But unlike the ten uncontested races for local seats, Melanie is running in one of the four contested races against the incumbent Shirley Fults on the...

09/07/2014 by eParisExtra
County Treasurer Shirley Fults tries on the Red Hat

County Treasurer Shirley Fults tries on the Red Hat

Shirley Fults With an uncontested Democratic Primary Election, Shirley Fults is running for re-election in the County Treasurer’s Race. But unlike the ten uncontested races for local seats, Shirley is running in one of the four contested races against Melanie Clifford on the Republican...

09/06/2014 by eParisExtra
PEDC Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th

PEDC Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th

Rebecca Clifford,PEDC Board Member The Board of the Paris Economic Development Corporation will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at 4pm. A possible addition to the PEDC policy manual for a non-solicitation clause for PEDC personnel is on the agenda, to be presented...

09/06/2014 by eParisExtra
Search Underway for New Veterans Services Officer

Search Underway for New Veterans Services Officer

  C.H. “Chet” Hilyer C.H. “Chet” Hilyer, the Interim Veteran Service Officer,  on the search for a new Veterans Service Officer Mr. Hilyer said, “It has been said that the Veterans Office has been lacking in support from the Commissioners Court and the County Judge, this is the...

09/06/2014 by eParisExtra
City Council to Meet Monday, September 8th

City Council to Meet Monday, September 8th

Matt Frierson, Mayor The Paris City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, September 8th in the City Council Chamber, located at 107 E. Kaufman. On the agenda Monday evening is the first public hearing on the City’s proposal to increase tax revenues from the preceding tax year...

09/05/2014 by eParisExtra
Paris City Council to Hold Budget Workshop

Paris City Council to Hold Budget Workshop

City Manager John Godwin The Paris City Council will be meeting in special session for a budget workshop on Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Depot Community Room located at 1125 Bonham Street. The City Manager, John Godwin, will be presenting his proposed Budget...

08/28/2014 by eParisExtra
Confirmed Cases of West Nile on the Rise

Confirmed Cases of West Nile on the Rise

Confirmed cases of the West Nile virus continues to rise in Texas, with increasing number of positive mosquito pools. So far, 41 cases have been confirmed this summer. West Nile is a virus carried in birds, which can spread to people by mosquito bites. The virus has returned annually since 2002...

08/28/2014 by eParisExtra